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Methods Of Dance (Volume 2) sleeve

1982

METHODS OF DANCE (Volume 2)

LP, Virgin OVED 7

CHINA CRISIS No Ordinary Lover
  THE MEN I Don't Depend On You
I-LEVEL Give Me (American mix)
  SIMPLE MINDS Soundtrack For Every Heaven
RIP, RIG & PANIC You're My Kind Of Climate (party mix)
  CULTURE CLUB I'm Afraid Of Me (Disconet remix)
DAF Kebab Traume
  B.E.F. The Secret Life Of Arabia (dub mix)
Volume 1 of Methods Of Dance (named after the song on Japan's Gentlemen Take Polaroids album) had featured a track by the second League line-up (a dub mix of Do Or Die from the Dare! album), as well as two tracks from Martyn and Ian (B.E.F.'s Groove Thang and Heaven 17's Soul Warfare). The album, which collected dance-oriented material by Virgin artists, was reasonably successful and was followed by this second volume.
This time, the label delved back to 1979 for a Human League track - the single they released under the name of The Men, I Don't Depend On You. Note that Martyn and Ian also appear at the end of the album, on a remix of their B.E.F. collaboration with Associates vocalist Billy MacKenzie (a David Bowie cover version, the original mix of which had appeared on the B.E.F. album, Music Of Quality And Distinction).
I Don't Depend On You written by Ware/Oakey/Marsh
I Don't Depend On You produced by Colin Thurston and The Men
Deleted

Greatest Hits (1988) sleeve

October 1988

GREATEST HITS

LP, Virgin HLTV 1

CD, Virgin CDHL 1 (also issued as a picture disc CD, CDHL 1)

Mirror Man
  Being Boiled
[Keep Feeling] Fascination
  Love Action [I Believe In Love]
The Sound Of The Crowd
  Louise
The Lebanon
  Open Your Heart
Human
  Love Is All That Matters
Together In Electric Dreams
  Life On Your Own
Don't You Want Me
   
This was the first compilation of hits by The Human League and as one might expect, the original group line-up is represented by a single track (the Fast Product version of Being Boiled, which was a UK Number Six hit when reissued in January 1982). The rest of the album is dominated by later incarnations of the group, with the exception of Together In Electric Dreams, which is not actually a Human League track, but a single Philip recorded with producer Giorgio Moroder in 1984.
The compilation was also released as a video cassette, though as the group never made a promotional video for Being Boiled, Russell Mulcahy's video for the Reproduction version of Being Boiled's original b-side, Circus Of Death, was used instead. The album has also appeared on cassette, digital compact cassette and mini-disc. The LP's gatefold sleeve featured an interesting 'family tree' history of the group, but the quality of the vinyl within is appalling on some copies.
Being Boiled written by Ware/Marsh/Oakey
Being Boiled produced by The Human League
Deleted

Greatest Hits (1995) sleeve

November 1995

GREATEST HITS

CD, Virgin CDV 2792

cassette, Virgin TCV 2792

Don't You Want Me
  Being Boiled
Love Action [I Believe In Love]
  The Lebanon
Mirror Man
  Love Is All That Matters
Tell Me When
  Louise
Stay With Me Tonight
  Life On Your Own
Open Your Heart
  Together In Electric Dreams
[Keep Feeling] Fascination
  Human
The Sound Of The Crowd
  Don't You Want Me (Snap 7" remix)
Virgin released the group from their recording contract after the disappointing sales of their 1990 Romantic? album and the next Human League album, Octopus, was issued by East West in 1995. Thanks to two Top 20 singles (Tell Me When and One Man In My Heart), the album sold respectably. Virgin were quick to capitalise on the group's renewed popularity and issued a second Greatest Hiits album.
The second compilation was essentially the same as the first - even the sleeve's photograph was taken from the same session! However, the inclusion of Tell Me When and a then-unreleased track, Stay With Me Tonight, provided an incentive to prospective buyers, as did the final track, Snap's remix of Don't You Want Me. Arguably. The version of Being Boiled is again the original Fast Product single.
A video collection was also issued by Warner Music Vision (licensed from Virgin - catalogue number 0630 12671-3), featuring Russell Mulcahy's videos for Circus Of Death and Empire State Human, which were filmed together in 1979. This collection was also issued as a laserdisc in Japan (catalogue number AMLE-8108).
Other compilations have appeared since this one, without the consent (and sometimes without the knowledge!) of the group. These are usually budget-price affairs, containing a few hit singles and a lot of previously-released album tracks and b-sides to fill the gaps in between. Fans are advised to avoid these low-quality releases and stick with the group's 'official' albums...
Being Boiled written by Ware/Marsh/Oakey
Being Boiled produced by The Human League
Currently available on CD

The Very Best Of sleeve (CD)

September 2003

THE VERY BEST OF

CD, Virgin HLCDX 2

CD 1:
CD 2:
Don't You Want Me
  Don't You Want Me (Majik J Original Booty vocal mix)
Love Action [I Believe In Love]
  Open Your Heart (Laid remix)
Open Your Heart
  The Sound Of The Crowd (Trisco's PopClash mix)
The Sound Of The Crowd
  Love Action (Brooks Red Line vocal mix)
Mirror Man
 
[Keep Feeling] Fascination (Groove Collision TMC mix)
[Keep Feeling] Fascination
  Empire State Human (Chamber's Reproduced mix)
The Lebanon
  The Things That Dreams Are Made Of (Jimmy 19 The A509 PWC remix)
Life On Your Own
  The Sound Of The Crowd (Freaksblamredo)
Together In Electric Dreams
  Open Your Heart (The Strand remix)
Louise
  The Sound Of The Crowd (Riton re-dub)
Human
  Love Action (Fluke's Dub Action remix)
Heart Like A Wheel
   
Tell Me When
   
One Man In My Heart
   
All I Ever Wanted
   
Being Boiled
   
Empire State Human
   
This is the latest 'best of' compilation, though the original League line-up are only represented by the final two tracks on the first CD, and a new remix of Empire State Human on the second CD.
There is also a single-disc edition of this compilation, which features only the first CD and none of the remixes on the second CD, all of which were commissioned by Virgin during 2002 and 2003.
The CDs were followed on September 29th by a DVD collection, also entitled The Very Best Of (also Virgin, catalogue number 7243 4 90788 9 5). The Very Best Of sleeve (DVD)
This collects almost all of the League's promo videos to date, including Russell Mulcahy's clips for Circus Of Death and Empire State Human, plus six BBC television appearances by later line-ups of the group, a new interview with Philip, Joanne and Susan by music writer Simon Price and various other extras. The Fast Product version of Being Boiled plays when the DVD menus are viewed.
Being Boiled, Empire State Human and Circus Of Death written by Oakey/Marsh/Ware (order of credits varies)
Being Boiled produced by The Human League, Empire State Human and Circus Of Death produced by The Human League and Colin Thurston
Currently available on CD and DVD
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